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Pew Report Shows Widespread Dissatisfaction with Consumer Arbitration

December 6, 2012

The Pew Charitable Trust has released a report on the use of arbitration clauses in financial institution customer agreements. The report contains Pew’s findings on arbitration clauses, including the prevalence of such clauses and consumer attitudes about them. Pew is likely to send the report to the Consumer Financial Protection […]

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CFPB Continues Study of Consumer Arbitration

December 5, 2012

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) is continuing work on its study of pre-dispute arbitration agreements. Section 1028 of the Dodd-Frank Act requires CFPB to conduct a study of and report to Congress concerning the use of arbitration clauses in consumer agreements. In April CFPB began work on the study […]

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Baylor Health Settles Fraudulent Billing Claims

December 3, 2012

Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas has agreed to pay more than $900,000 to resolve charges that it submitted false claims to Medicare for radiation oncology services. The settlement, announced by the U.S. Department of Justice on November 27, 2012, resolves a federal whistleblower lawsuit filed in 2010 by a […]

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Whistleblower Protection Enforcement Act Becomes Law

December 1, 2012

On November 27, 2012, President Barack Obama signed into law the Whistleblower Protection Enforcement Act, a law that provides federal whistleblowers new and expanded protections. The law upgrades existing safeguards for federal employees who witness and report fraud, abuse, or waste within the federal government. The new law lowers the […]

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SEC Publishes Whistleblower Program Annual Report

November 30, 2012

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued its Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program this week. A section of the Dodd-Frank Act requires the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower to report annually to Congress on its activities, whistleblower complaints, and the SEC’s response to such complaints. The SEC […]

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Six Banks Settle Whistleblower Suit

November 29, 2012

A federal judge ruled that a whistleblower lawsuit may proceed against Wells Fargo and Mortgage Investors Corporation (“MIC”) with claims that the banks illegally charged veteran borrowers hidden fees on refinanced home loans backed by the Veterans Administration (“VA”). According to the suits, the banks’ misconduct cost taxpayers hundreds of […]

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Government Seeks to Recoup Lossed from Mortgage Fraud

November 28, 2012

The recently filed lawsuit against Credit Suisse Group AG is the most recent effort to come from a working group created by President Barack Obama to recover government losses and to challenge wrongdoing that led to the 2008 financial crisis. Last week, the New York Attorney General filed suit against […]

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SC Hospice Company Settles Whistleblower Suit

November 28, 2012

South Carolina-based Harmony Care Hospice, Inc. and its owner and Chief Executive Officer have agreed to pay nearly $1.3 million to settle allegations that the company submitted false claims to Medicare for patients under care at its hospice facilities. The United States Department of Justice announced the settlement of the […]

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NY Attorney General Sues Credit Suisse for Mortgage Securities Fraud

November 27, 2012

The New York Attorney General has filed suit against Credit Suisse for mortgage securities fraud. In the lawsuit, the New York AG accused the Swiss bank of misleading investors over the quality of residential mortgage-backed securities. The deception resulted in losses to investors of some $11.2 billion, according to the […]

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FTC Takes Action Against Mortgage Relief Schemes

November 21, 2012

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed three separate lawsuits in federal court recently to halt the deceptive tactics of companies preying on distressed homeowners by falsely claiming they could save their homes from foreclosure. Instead, the fraudsters charged homeowners thousands of dollars in up-front fees while delivering little or no […]

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